A diplomat for North Korea has said the nation is open to negotiating with the Trump administration under the right “conditions.”
At a stop in Beijing, Choi Son Hui, North Korea’s foreign ministry director general for U.S. affairs, told reporters North Korea would consider engaging in a “dialogue” with the United States “if the conditions are there,” according to a report by Reuters. Choi was on her way back to North Korea from Norway.
Choi did not reveal what those “conditions” would have to be to bring North Korea to the table, but should North Korea enter into talks with the Trump administration, it would be the first time such negotiations have occurred since 2008, when the United States attempted to convince North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program, according to a report by Fox News.
Reuters also reported Choi was asked whether North Korea was preparing to enter into talks with South Korea, to which Choi responded, “We’ll see.”
In April, South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson Cho June-hyuck said at a briefing that the “door for dialogue” with North Korea is open if its dictator Kim Jong Un is willing to consider going in the “right direction” of eliminating the nation’s nuclear weapons program.
Choi’s comments come just weeks after President Donald Trump told Bloomberg he would be willing to meet with Kim Jong Un “under the right circumstances.”
“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump said. “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer would later clarify that Trump would meet with North Korea only after “their provocative behavior” is “ratcheted down.”